Rochester Schools Ranked Among Best High Schools in 'U.S. News' Rankings

Adams is ranked No. 17 in state; Rochester ranked No. 37; Stoney Creek was not part of the rankings.

U.S. News today released its fourth Best High Schools rankings, and was placed among the top 20 in the state.

International Academy in Bloomfield Hills was ranked No. 1 in Michigan and No. 5 nationally.

The rankings are the first for the news site since 2009. They include data on nearly 22,000 public high schools across the country. According to the report, U.S. News partnered with the Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research. Schools were first analyzed at the state level in terms of how well students in each school performed on state assessments. High schools that made it through that first analysis were then eligible to be ranked nationally, in terms of college readiness. This article explains, in-depth, the methodology.

Michigan's rankings are here.

  • Adams High School ranked No. 18 in the state and No. 785 nationally. The school received a score of 36.6 in college-readiness, as well as 3.2 in math and 2.9 in reading. Here is a closer look.
  • Rochester High School ranked No. 37 in the state and No. 1,417 nationally. The school received a score of 24.4 in college-readiness, as well as 3.0 in math and 2.8 in reading. Here is a closer look.
  • Stoney Creek High School was not among the ranked schools; the school did, however, receive a score of 38.6 in college-readiness, as well as 3.1 in math and 2.9 reading.
Mike May 08, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I have not read US News report yet, but is there a quick explanation as to why Stoney Creek was not ranked? The college readiness score is higher than Roch High or Adams and the test scores are at least as good. Not trying to get into a debate about which school is better - - just trying to understand the ranking process.
Erin May 08, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Mike - yeah, that's weird. But I know that the ranking is complicated. Might be something as simple as missing data? Today, I saw in the Oakland Press that International Academy was rated among tops in US. Interesting to see the link with details of ranking. http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/michigan/districts/bloomfield-hills-school-district/international-academy-9741
dk May 09, 2012 at 11:19 AM
No, no, no! Rochester Schools are lousy - ask McMillin and Snyder. That's why they keep attacking our teachers and taking our kids money. They aren't lousy ideologues. They just want to protect our kids from government so they just have to steal their funding to give to their corporate pals.
Mike Reno May 09, 2012 at 12:16 PM
We'll trumpet that Adams is "top 20" in the state, and ignore the fact that Stoney did not make the list. All three high schools have the same nice infrastructure, the same talented teachers (who receive the same pay and same professional development), the same technology and curriculum, and so on. Yet nobody on the board will seek any sort of detailed explanation as to why Adams can rank 785, and RHS 1417, and Stoney cannot even make the list. What they will instead do is seek excuses. "The ranking is unfair (unless, of course, we score well)", or "The selection criteria is flawed", or "We had one subgroup that weighted the whole result."
Joshua Raymond May 09, 2012 at 02:21 PM
The article above lists two criteria for even making the list. They are • Step 1: The first step determined whether each school's students were performing better than statistically expected for the average student in the state. We started by looking at reading and math results for all students on each state's high school proficiency tests. We then factored in the percentage of economically disadvantaged students (who tend to score lower) enrolled at the school to identify the schools that were performing better than statistical expectations. • Step 2: For those schools that made it past this first step, the second step determined whether the school's least-advantaged students (black, Hispanic, and low-income) were performing better than average for similar students in the state. We compared each school's math and reading proficiency rates for disadvantaged students with the statewide results for these student groups and then selected schools that were performing better than this state average. Based on the MME results obtained at https://oeaa.state.mi.us/meap/login.asp?publicaccess=y , my best guess would be it was eliminated in Step 2. For Grade 11 MME Writing, 76% of all students were at Levels 1&2, but only 27% of Black or African American and 29% of Economically Disadvantaged. Math was 85% all, 36% Black, and 61% low income. Science was 82% all, 27% Black, and 58% low income. Perhaps RCS administration can shed more light or correct me if I'm wrong.
K. Henry May 09, 2012 at 10:19 PM
It does seem odd that SCHS did not even make the list. I also would like to have more light shed on this issue if possible.


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